Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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April 13th, 2015
5:42
 

Air quality has been a hot button issue for some time.  There are myriad stories in the media, online and just overheard as conversations about the areas of the planet suffering most from the decay in the quality of the air around us.  It’s important to know that there are groups concerned about this issue in multiple countries.

Here’s a press release from the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) an organization in the United States that’s taking a stand:

Gas MaskMore Than Half a Million Americans

Call for Better Health Protections from Smog

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is proposing to update our national standards for ground-level ozone, the scientific name for smog.

Do you have a technology in development to help achieve cleaner, more breathable air for everyone?

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Biodiversity funding is needed in all corners of the world as projects are undertaken to improve our planet.  The European Commission has made a wonderful announcement for the forward progress of environmental projects within the Falkland Islands.  BEST 2.0 (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories) recognizes a need for support of projects on the ground.

The European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid) has two calls for proposals organized in the coming two years, with a total budget of over €6 million for this initiative.  The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is the coordinator for the South Atlantic Hub, which includes Ascension Island, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and South Sandwich Isles.  Read more detail here:

Falkland Islands included in European

funds for environmental projects

SAERI logo SAERI is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. It aims to conduct world class research, teach students, and build capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.Visit the SAERI website www. south-atlantic-research.org for further information.

 

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April 3rd, 2015
5:26
 

Population growth and over-reliance on resources that have ‘given us all they’ve got’ has caused overcrowding and problems the world over that have created shortages of many kinds – lack of materials, poor nutrition, healthcare & medicine being unavailable – you name it!  Here is a story concerning the Asian sector of the globe about the need for better methods that will serve to help people and the environment!

Asian countries urged

 

to plan for sustainable

 

urbanization

 

Urbanization drives Asia’s position as an economic powerhouse, but for this growth to be sustainable, careful planning is being urged to create more resilient cities that are not only resource-efficient, but also promote quality of life.”

 

Shell brought around 300 leading thinkers together for its 2015 Powering Progress Together Asia forum in Manila, Philippines, on February 26 to discuss how each sector of society can help cities become more resilient and liveable in the face of rapid urbanisation and resource pressures.  Click the pic to visit the site and learn about the forum!

Crowded street

Here are a couple of sites for the companies mentioned in the article posted on Inquirer.net that you should visit if you are interested in getting involved with Smarter Planet Planning for better urban life around the world:

Xyntéo: “Xyntéo’s mission is to reinvent growth.”

The Manila Observatory: “At the turn of the 21st century, the Observatory finds itself at the nexus of global concerns for environment and development.”

Shell Corporation: “At Shell, we use human ingenuity, innovation and technology to unlock the energy our customers need to power their lives in the years ahead, while aiming to limit our impact on the environment.”

Is there work that you’re doing along these lines?  Will you propose the next great system or technology that pushes urbanization to the new levels needed to keep our planet humming along?  There’s much to do – be a part of it!

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March 31st, 2015
5:56
 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a new policy on injection safety and a global campaign with support from the IKEA Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to help all countries tackle the pervasive issue of unsafe injections.

Federal Minister for Development Gerd Muller, Gavi CEO Seth Berkley and Gavi Deputy CEO Anaradha Gupta pictured at the moment pledges to Gavi reached US$ 7.5 billion (Credit: GAVI/2015)

Federal Minister for Development Gerd Muller, Gavi CEO Seth Berkley and Gavi Deputy CEO Anaradha Gupta pictured at the moment pledges to Gavi reached US$ 7.5 billion (Credit: GAVI/2015)

WHO calls for worldwide

 

use of ‘smart’ syringes

 

The spread of infectious diseases from our traditional syringe system has risen alarmingly.  It’s time for measures that will halt disease proliferation.  Do you have some ideas for ‘smarter’ healthcare products?  Your idea may save lives!

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This story featured in Smithsonian almost brought actual tears to my eyes.  While a chocolate flavor crisis is not at the top of most peoples’ minds, my love of that particular food-stuff is unquenchable. Sooo – I thought I’d share this article, as well as links to some of the organizations that are working to keep chocolate chocolatey.

We’ve done a LOT of tinkering with food – chemicals, cloning, grain-free, organic, gluten-free, etc., etc.  Undeniably, food shortages remain a CONSTANT source of concern world-wide.  “Waste not, want not” are words to live by – but, if foods become “Taste not”, will that lead to ‘want not’, too? That’s the concern of food manufacturers…

What cookery wizardry can you add to the recipe?  If you can bring out some new technology that’s safe for the Earth and helps save the flavor of foods, you’re sure to be popular!

How to Save the Chocolate Tree

Without Sacrificing Flavor

 

Choco splash

Check out these programs dedicated to being “flavor savers”

Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative—a partnership between the FCIA and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Wilbert Phillips-Mora is head of the Cacao Genetic Improvement Program at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.

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